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A Complete Guide on IELTS General Training Writing Task 1

If you are attending for IELTS General Training exam, you will need to write a letter for Writing Task 1 (Writing Task 2 is same for both General Training and Academic IELTS. Click here for the detailed discussion on General Training writing).

However, the letter can be either

  • a Formal letter 


  • an Informal letter

Regardless the letter is formal or informal, you need to remember the followings:

  • Discuss all of the bullet points. Use one paragraph for one bullet point. It will make your writing more readable. More importantly, if you write this way, your letter will look more organized and attractive. 

  • Always be aware of your language when you are writing. You must remember the differences between the language of a formal letter and an informal letter.

For the detailed discussion on each letter type, click on the links below:

Essential Information for GT Writing Task 1

  • Academic IELTS students write an essay on a given diagram, whereas General Training students need to write a formal or an informal letter.

  • You need to write at least 150 words for the letter. It can be 180-190 at most. We strongly recommend not exceed 190.

  • You should spend maximum 20 minutes on this task. Use the other 40 minutes for Task 2.


  • The letter will carry one third of the total Writing marks. The remaining two thirds will come from Writing Task 2. 

  • Your marks in Writing will depend on how well you meet the following criteria:


  1. Task Achievement

  2. Coherence and Cohesion

  3. Lexical Resource

  4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy

Each of these criteria will carry 25% weight of your writing assessment. Click on each item for the detailed discussion.

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